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Newspaper TitleKyabram Union (Vic. : 1886 - 1894)
Trove TitleMy Plucky Boy Tom; or, Searching for Curiosities in India for My Show
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THE' YOUNG FOLKS. MY PLUoKY BOY TOM, OR, 88AROBING VORt CURIOSITIES IN INDIA FOR MT BHOW. Bt P. T. Basro. CUAPTr a XXIL.-(CenurusUe). 'I aoidetbatJed has breaght bark a ooil -e rope with him,' said Tom, looking at the artiole which the native had Ilong on the pround tear the eage. I asked hIl tot do. I always carry a loat strong eand wishb me; bau if we expert Jo gather ac many curlosities as Mr. Baraum wants as to d-, we shall have seed of that rope. and prcbably more benide.' ' What I it Jed I b sling that so Intersom ibh otberat The meessger had ied hib horns to a enpltg near o,, and wcs cddreraing h:s rteall· in Hiudelatnt-thay listening go in. teantly that It was evidast bh had something xteraordinary to rlatds. Mr. Oodkhla's knowledge of the native Gongue enabled him to oatch the run of Jeds words, though many erpresslons were naot loarn. - : .,c ' Let him finisalh answering taseir questmnos, ho a.id, stelpping back beside Tom, 'and tl'en I'llI take him in head. He can talk E eglish well enough to make everything eler to s. From what I was able to ocatch, ha ha sese something on his way hers which soearpasses even your lonog-nosed monkeys in the way of Interest.' ' MI gracious I' sexlaimed Tom, * I should be glad to learn what it is, though I am prepared to meet almost aonything in. this sountry.' Jaet, while takiag so. his countrymen, observed that he had awaksened she eoriomity of the man and lad, and without wal ing to re ly to all the queries of the others, he walked over to the former and related what wan certainly a wenderful story. H wea riding alonm the edge of the jungle, on his way to tohe camp, for whlib he was obliged so searsh, sinoe bthe native in the ht by bthe wayside of whom he inquired could only tell him the general direction takea hby the boanters, when his hore showsed such alarm, that Jed draw off from the wood so as togain a ehaoce for flight if any asimalml should make a sodden dash for him Followiog the advise of Mr. Gedhin's friend oin Locknow, Jrd had provided himself with a r!le and ammatlion, so he felt quits abhie to take ears of himealf ; but the weapon, the cege, and soms food whiah he had brooght alcag handicapped him so greatly that he was amios to avoid anything in the nature of a fight with reptile or animal. He had ridden only a shaort distance alfter taking to the open plain, whean he ao.ught a glimmns of something ronninog along fjost Swithin the jingle, but keeping so far back that Jed could only gain an occasional glimpse of Is. ill first supposition wase that it was an nuuenally large monkey, but it bshowed some peonliarities of behaviour that proved ii could not belong to the monkey race. It kept a perfectly upright posture, and gave utteransce to a earles of shouts or bshrieks, that were uttered In a voloe so clear an: resoundloing that monkey, gorilla, ape or himpasrnee eould not begin to equal it. Lilsteing t> the astounding. narrative of the native, the question whish presented itself to Mr. Godkmn and Tom wasu: %'that is it' CnAean XXIV.-A WonDRnrOL CAPTORu., Queetionesd further, Jed had little to tell. Toting able to take ncaro of himself, he bad etrivea hard to obtatin a nearer view of the strange areatore, even to riding olose to the jungle, bht' on his approach it skarried off, as I ina terror of a nearer agqoaintaoae. ' His deseription is that of a wild man, said tom Bradford, who like his friend was proefoundly interested ; oan it be there Ils sash a Ihingln this neighboarbood 1' SIt moust be some nondercript wbhah It will pay ns to look alter, though it is too late to do anything of the kind now,' added Mr. Gndt.o, observing that night was already aasing aroond them. SI am me6rry,' raid Tom, who, as may hbe supposed, waes all eagerness to lovestigate she .few and' strange ourlosity that it may be said had jaen on their borizon ; 'I wronder why it showgd sach interest in Jed.' SIt may liaveretogolsed a long-lost brother in him, but on a nearer inspection, oonoladed It wats miataken.' The fact that the spot where Jed eaught a gliclpee of the an..known was near by, cansed thse ativesrsome uneasloese, though the three nrtles in the posseesnon of the members of she parCty lessened their dread, Jeu especially deealniag that he would welcome a nearer view 't the stranger that had given hit animal sobh a fright. Botare it was fatily dirk, a big fire wa kindled, and enoagh fuel gathered to last till doytligh.' NiothingoR I no effective a safeguard againslt wild beasts s a roaringe blaes, and sometime, th, huntesr kindles several of them, so as to a.,cieonl himself, while he ateeps witain she ob-rmed crrole. Itr eo Mr Gcdkil ard thrre of the servants hr-i *;nt. moat of the efiermoon In sleep, weile rom we unusually bashe, it was pro. p ited that he and Jed ehonid slumber all theroIrh the darknse, the rest dividing tbhe wasali amorg tham. ilr. G(odhin stll felt the ,ffiets of the terrifle rqueeziog received from the gigantic rocsk, and was aute he.enald not sleep, buh tro . wnse in anual-oa to be on the look-oan fur the wild man, as he called him, that he wasold not consednt to spend the night in an. coreeiloueneses. Sits agreed, however, to sleep the first half, onrthel promise of Mr. Godkin to awarke him, a, the former intended to serve as sesatorl up npto that time. the natives, who sreemed able o slumber a week at a stretch, were to be left to their own devices. *S Tom, after salnting his friend, lay doewn; and, being healthy and fatigued son esnak into a sleep which was not disturbed until shortly after midnight, when Mr. God. .tlu gently touched his shoulder and pro nonnsad hfleame. c Slarting op. the boyj antioetly asked whetisr anything had been seen or beard of bLie wild man,. .'I carnot answer poestlesly,"' was the reply but there is something prowlilg shlout the co-sp. prwi I1i bet In~a he.' Poslilyforel hsve net been ahtleo.gafa s'moih as a glimpee of him, and am, theroe eore, isis fortunate than 3rd. It may he - tbht ha l. waiting for yoa.' *I hopese,' was thi respoanse, a the lad peered around in the gloom, wide awake and efert as usuaL Usually, when stading guard, Mr. Ondik plaed bank sad forsh, mincs that i. the only sure mesas fni ressting elep; but he had not doae so in the prreent inetanee, betaums She discomfort (rot very rernoiu) sensed by the embrare of the oanntiotor, and the lonn nap ha bad fndnlged in doelnethe aftoranon, 'wcmovtd all loatlion to minomr. Be toid ahc Isd that he would keep him oempaup autil daylight, unlese he ehould begoms drowsy, whan, of marers, he would feel free to lie down and rest. The jesting remask of the genl mean, that the aedseoript was awaiting the waknaoing of Tem, recilved a sligular fulfilment. The two ilinds were atandlag side by side, gon ia baod, patrg into the gloom wbhib walled Ihem in, ard Istennalg to ths strange sounds that now and then isaned from the depths of the juagle, when the elder shin. pired, witheot moving hi. body : 'Den't stir, en you will frlghten him away. Y cedeg h rte, a littia to your lelt,' Turnlag bhi eees In the direetion samed, without mnvisg his heed, Tom Brsdfcrd saw aInditiattly an objeCt whlob might well sirile tierro to tbe heart of the bravest man. Juet eatbe edge of the irele nf iIowminr (ico-iheo~aw ou b the bloring eamp fir, end cluesbaide the amokL of a emsr fully two test in dlsaster, tinc~d-wrhttl Birethsi resmbll g sad yet dffering Iromn aes It wtansryerlnlsfee in helehe, s e erotrad b da long athk In Use elimbera sjtfeotIino eipenatook of Thse wanscetetietsh of slothtoin on the tnoil'ndlnay evhatorn, ear did it need so y g folr, skids from lbsen·rith ci lbs season, it was noveald with aluotofatllIgcwth leftg~

sbeaggy hair, whioh irally eveloped 1I from owso to foss, so much so, indeed, that the seating would base bh m seefortable to on ordinary pr sn. The eyes had the glare and gltar of willd bes, while the long, egglisg hair whibh xtesdedaway from she low eebead and rown dangled beleow e wales, diea playlg the same exuberanse of growth as wa shown over she rsto fibe body. One of bhe hands a henging by his side, while the other grasped the staff, seen plainly Ila the r decton of the irelight. Unusoeploloos that he wee observed, he wee fixedly watehinog the man and youth as if he was as much purosled to read them eas they were to understand him. Fearful of driving him away, Tom and Mr. Goodki refrained from moving their heads, while they esraotdulsed him closely. SWhat do you make' of it' asked the elpr, In a guarded undertone. 'I Siv it up; IS gets me; be beats the Bend Hairy Family of Burmab.' I be, levehe ia man.' If we were in equatorial Afrie, I wpild say it was a goite, onnaUntly - human in his appeareace, bu it sten't be' - "I wneld feel as thouab I were nom mitting murder to ahoot hblm, he looks so muckh liks a brother.' ' I moan to capture him.' " How under the sun do you expect to do that. You can't geot within fifty feet of him, and he may turn and sonfiseate youe.' I'll take the thanoee,' responded pluchy Tom, compressing his lips; *I don's think he will fight unons driven n asorner, and any reaoture will show bhi teeth then.' "' But bow are you golnd to manage 14.?' S'meaen toetetal up andioble him.' . Mr. od iae coouldoeadly reposes s ex eTeiamtion theesew to his lip, bt, illthe s eainse, he sw a poslblilty ofeneces on I the prt of the daring youth, who seemed eafreld of nothing.. .X17 {rs j ' rGo absed,' he dded, In the same low votee, 'and Ill hold myself ready to give you any help you may neessd.' STom walked a few paces, and pclaked op t the coil of rope whioh Jed had brought from I Lucknow, takiog eare not to oarn his head I towa d the stranger while thus engaged, Mr. Godkin refrained from moving at e all. SThe nondserilpt showed its timidity by darting baok into the darkness the instant I the Ild stirred ; but, watching him from the t gloom, it became satisfed that no demon. r stration was meantagainst him, and returned a to bi plarce beside the trounk of the tree, t ready, howesver, to dart off the moment danger threatened. I It took Tom only a minui 'to Hz a running noose in she end of the strong rope, r when he had as good a lasso uas he could ,desire; _,.r He had practied so much whbs with my a how, that he was an adept at throwing a I noose over the head of an animal when cn the cun, though ha was without any expert Sene n laassooning the kind of game he was Snw hunooting fort. I 1 Holding the rope in one bhnd and ble rfe in the other. Tom straightened up with the I remark: 'I'm off I' SThe next minuate he vanished. r Of course he walked to a direction xaotl) opposite that leading to the creaturs. SPossibly the latter might have detected I eoniething omnlous to the movement, bad eitier of the white persons acted as though he had noticed him before, but there wae, nothbing it their conduct to Indicate they were aware of his presence, and, conec guetjily, there was nothing to the cotion of Tom Bradford to canoe alarm, :. MeauwhtIe, the latter was pitlkng hit way through tbe jogle justO as Geroaimo or Mangue would have done while trying to steal upon and brain some innocent ranobh man. His plan was to make a long ciroult, soas to approach the anknownfromthe rear, and, sping up lnigh enoughb, ing the lasno over This was a plas of daring amounting to rashneas, hat the lad did not hesitate, Tom's fear was that his intended captive would grow. tired of acting the part of upotator, or become suspicious and die. appoar. befor he could get a chance' at him. He had given utterance to nocry-that peouliarity which struck. Jed so forcibly and this looked as though he was avoidiong observatio. The long half.circle was completed at last, and Tom foot. bhimeli directly behind the Iunknown, whose strange figure was thrown In 1tcong relief against the background of flare. fiý" e Loohing at the camp, he could see Mr. Godkla icstl standing in his former pusltion, bhi eyes no doubt fixed opoathe nondescrips, with whichbb he weas exanly in line. The latter did not appear to have stirred He remained beside the tree, with his long staff in had, while his form was erecot as Sthat of Tom himself. roe position of the two, of course, shot ont ,alt view of the faee of the stranger, but bin ,figure, i anythiug, ons rendered more enriking than before, the sbaggy outlines Iappearing to he stamped in ink against the crimenr. backgrounod of dame. But nots a moments was to hbe loot; there I was no esaying when the creature would whihsk Sout of signs. As noiseleasly as a shadow, Tom radford stole forward unill he reached a point less Sthan twenty feet behind his intended victim, w ho remained an immovable as a statue. Ihe oritical moment had arrived, and. I softly lainug his gun an the ground at his feet Tom eiraightened up, made sure the noose ran freely and the coit was ready, auo began swinging tis about hs hseed, as the pro feasional lasso-thrower does, In order to gain ithe necessary impensn SPatn as was the whirling scund made by t the revolving coile, it struck the ear of theb nondeseoript, who started, not knowiog what SIe meant. Hes was able to loosate it, however, behind I him, and turned ble head just as tShe noose Swhiszed through the air. Tom was so far hack in the gloom that the creature eonuid onot see him, and he, thberefore, I was without any eospietn oft.the nature of F the danger that threatened him. The lasso, thrown with superb skill t dropped squately about the shoulders of the lcreature and, enveloping his throat, was jsrhed tant with the quickness of light nlng. CmAornv XXV.-' Iv Moo, sa Doe I, I're gou him I yre got him I Come and he p me I' cailed Tom, who wes in doubt whstherbls captive would nosn have him' the next iaiuate. But the prisoner we 'Ia the quandary of not haowing the nature of the 'dener that overwhelm. d him. He tumbled backward, ne 11 etricken by a thbndrrbol, and began souting at the rope, which threatened se atrangler im. The nerves of Mr. 00Gki were at the highest Inasirn, for he war waiting for the atil which raecbed bins with seth startling enddEroenS, Be saw the ncndeerolpt fall at the rame instant that the exclted wooda o1 Tom, his yenrg friend, rang oBt in the atillnet of the nigho. Con Bdent that theesplive would tern spon bhi perseector nad rend him, Mr. Godtln lost eon an instant In rnablng to bls relif. He threw down his uoo, so as to Crave Sir hsnde free, sad nltering aeveral situ'a to awaken the aerstets, whose help wae lihtly to be reoded, be bonnded acies the linter veolag spare, reathed the prostrate and etreggliog noboown a be was in the vera act ni rlelg. Witheot a second's besltatiog, Mr. God kin fng bhimself spen him, and, brerieg him bhekwtrd,plced bimislf estulde of his breses, so0 ato hold him powerlesa. The poor stranger was almost aircegled. and wes curobing with bolb hands as the rope aroord bin rck. Bin sanegoniest, n he may be called, lost no time oiloosoing I the pressore, end shen said : Keep still ard you won't be harmed. Bot etop strrgglirg or I wi1lillll yrts z'. I P The thrrat ass meant to Cerrify him, bot I Itherdly soceseded, for be began weithing end Bfhtloe like a weeonis tiger. It wa I fortua~te has Mr. Godhin was not only a powerfol man ard a saifal wrestler, but that a be bed the oretlore at such disadvantage,

for otherwse it would have been doobtful whether he mold have matred him. sdlehenoadeeeIptlmned upos Temthe Wiee, if iestsd, mint have snosemhed very speedily. SCan I help yes'ar asked the lad, renniag up to the couple, while the foot natives. awakened by the shrp sy of their master, docked around to give what aid they could 'No. I can bold him, but he'e a ough eastomear.' Thbetreesletanoe contlnued uatil the sap live was utterly exhausted. Then sume. thing like despailr seemed to take poseslsion of him, and he suddenly eollapsed, as if awaitinog the fatal slow the be expected would be delivered the netl minute. But of course no harm was cfferd him. By direction of Mr. Godkfl, the natives rat ged themselves around the captive, their employer. inastruoting them to be on bthe watch for the ural attempt at escape. Then he allowed his prisoner to rise so hlteelt. When the gentlesman removed himself from the pening sheet, the creatore lay aIll and glared at the party as though he did not understand what it meant. Mr. Godkie took him by the arm end he bounded to his feet For one moment he seeied about to make a break, but the natives looked so feres and thretaloing in the glow of the lrellght, that he remained mute and mottoolee. The next proceeding was to bind his arms behind him, though it was dose with suooh care as to inflict no pain. Then the rope was looped to his right arm, the other ard of whichb was held by Jack, im, and Jo, who, knowilg that the eaptive could not use hbls hands, while they retained their pears aell themselves masters of the alstution. - The prisoner was new led forward to the amp fire, hbls conquest being so complete that he was as sabmissive as a lamb, even thbouh he may have believed they were about to Bing him dute the flames. Under the bright illumination he was serntinied with breathlesse corisity, I have deoribed'the hair which enveloped him from head to foot. ias features wete now discovered td bear a steartllne resem blance to those of a human being. The hair on hisb faea was more abundant than on the conutenances of the Saored Family of Burmheb, growing op to the eyelids, mad entirely coverlng the nose, whlob was large and well shaped. The mouth, an sees through the hirslu exuberaeoe, was pro. dlgtously broad, and the gleamiog yellow teeth appeased to be all eanine. They mast have formed tsrrlbli weapons in a salone fight, and 1i was locky for Mr. Oodkin that the human monster got no chance to use them opon him. The hands and feet were huge, and were slseo covered with the esame thlok, coarse dark hair to the nails, whlob were several inches in length, and worn sharp byabra. dlon. ERb9 g? In the hope that he might understand srmethicq in the form of words, Mr. Godhin addressed him in English, German. and French, whileJoe tried Hindustani, bust there was no sign that he comprehended a syllable epoken. nor would be give ex. preetIon to any vocal sound, except a certain ehookllog gurgle, followed by an exaclamation that resembled * How.ki I how-ki I' This peculiar. gottural expreselsion was comparabhe to the thunderous growl of an angry lion. Altogether he was aenastoundlng curiosity beyond question. SHe must be sent to Laucknow without delay. I don's know what my friend, Mr. Jarvis, will think, buhot be will take good care of him until we can ship him to Mr. Barncm,' It wase an interesting but todious tark to keep guard over the captive till daylight; but is was dons, he esittinog down on the ground, and aakiog,no efore to escape. At the first streaking of day, the four natives started for. Lucnaow in charge of their prize, leaving Mr. Godkin and Tom behind. I may add that they reached the city in safely, the' captive walkig sub. mlisively the entire distance, and standing the journey far better than his oaptors. Our friends had good geaus to felloitats Ibthemselves on the eseaea that had attended their efforts. Less than a week had peased, sioe the reception of my cablegram, and they had already obtained two tiger kitteno, Iwo long nosed monakey, end a most extraordinary nondecript, far surpassiog the famous * What is it' which I exhhbited at my old moseum more than twenty years ago. 'But we have only made a beginning' res marked Mr. Godkin, as he and Tom, having finished their morning meal, set out tore new their search In the lagds for more; Mr. Barnum will not be content until the four quarters of she globe have been scoured for ouricsrtties 'Well, there Is a good stook left in India yet,' replied Pom, * and I am axiouns to asptureall that I pcossible.' ' If our nuose contoinues at this rate, we shall soon he able to make a ahiment to Barnam and Bailey which will make their Ieyee sparkle.' 'We can hardly expect that; but I am ooefdent we shall eeaure a good many more, tIouah we must run mucnh personal rik,' 'Do you regret that?' slyly asked the alder. SNo,' laughed Tom I ' It gives a nest to the sport. There wouldn't be half as moah f tn i'it warn': for the danger-what do you I make of that, Mr. Godhin? They had reaohed a soft, swampy part of the jungle, where the feet sank deep to the moist earth, and Tom, who wos always on the watch for new discoveries, observed a a pecaliar trail leading away from them. It would not have been notlase.b.e in the r d neer, dry portion of the jungle; but the Sfoo pints were marked so distinctly, that Sno effort was necessary to see them even to a distance of several ya. dr, F Both stopped and crutintnied the spooDr, whiclh was a singular one. In some places is retmed to have been made by a single animal, waddlinog forward, I while in other spots, there were the unmire takable Irpressions of five feet,and Tom was almost sure six separate mark, were visible, althounb two were quite faint. ' That get me I' exlalmed Mr. Godkln; the footprints might have been made by a very large minkey, providel he was travelling on all fours,. and had two extra legs' 'The trail seems ce fresh that the a simal, whatever bet , can' be far fi; Irk'e hurry up and we may strike cuother eariolity, though it Is almost tOomoob to expect it.' *It is hard to tell how leag stac the animml pasead Ibis way; but I thlk-k Great Caesr ! That wblch arrested their gane was no more than a denen rode distant, and was oste-ly surveylng them wilh an Indolelt interest that preventbd the friendas feeling saything like fear. Let me desorlbe the brate, whclh seemed to have bhen walking slsgishly through the jungle, when he heard the sound of voloee, iad darted back on bhi own trail to Isaro what it meant, He was a sloth beer, a epecies fund in Nepuln. Benares, end the sosthrrn Mahraeta eonutry. se is aboet the aer of she ordinary brown bear, with an elongated muasle, wbioh, like the ends of his feet, Ic whitlic or yellowlsh, 1b. forehead rises abruptly froin the mecele, and on tbe ender side of the reok a fi breset i. a white cross mark. Wich these eceeptions, the fur is deep blark, with -o ocasional brown spot, and is quite long, espeelally roend she breast in old animals. While the sloth bear Isa onri.etty of itself, the ore on whiob oar friends wee loklreg wee a wondeofully strilhrg ena beeaese ol as amasing malformation. He hbd lwu distinct heads and si feet, Iwo of ihrm elightly shorter than the other., wbh secoonced for the nppearnrae of the irate thae he left In the swampy part of the jungle, No diferenee was ootiseable ln the heeds, as fars viewed by our friesds, they belineg beslde each other, and seemingly of eqeal importance i the owner. *By gracious,' wbhlpered Tom, 'it wlli never co to go beck to Amerlia without him.' 'I egree with yen a bet how are we goisg to capture him i' SI den't know; but itmust be dons, no matter whta reak we have to run I' (ge as ouesocan I